ARTICLE AND ANNUAL REPORTS
Board of Trustees
Yvan Griboval - President
A self-taught entrepreneur, Yvan Griboval has been in turn a professional offshore racer, print and TV journalist, event organizer and business manager. He designed the OceanoScientific Programme in 2005-06, then the OSC System from 2008 to 2016. The latter enables the automatic collection of scientific data every six seconds, especially on small vessels, and their automatic transfer by satellite every hour to researchers. During the winter of 2016-2017, Yvan successfully led the first OceanoScientific Expedition as part of a single-handed round-the-world tour by sail. That meant 152 days of single-handed sailing including 60 days on an oceanographic expedition in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current around the three great capes, those of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn. He is now institutionalizing these oceanographic sailing expeditions in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current - in summer as well as in the austral winter - and is also working to equip the ocean racing yachts that sail around the three great continental capes. Yvan is the initiator of the French and Monegasque OceanoScientific philanthropic association. Yvan is Member of the Yacht Club de Monaco ; of the Société des Explorateurs Français ; of the Comité National Français des Recherches Arctiques et Antarctiques and of the Société Française de la Météorologie et du Climat.
Alberto Vitale - Vice-President
Alberto Vitale was a banker and business consultant in Monaco for several years. He decided to return to the trade while applying his expertise in finance to the family's business Vitale 1913 that are experts in acquiring and offering rare diamonds and exceptional gemstones for over 4 generations. Alberto used part of his precious stones collection to create a unique Haute Joaillerie Collection titled ‘Merveilles des Océans’. This collection is composed of distinctive creations inspired by the treasures covering the Mediterranean Sea and he uses magnificent diamonds, responsibly farmed Mediterranean coral as well as other natural precious stones. Presented in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, a part of the proceeds from the sale of the ‘Merveilles des Océans’ Collection is donated to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to support their initiatives to protect our precious oceans and coral reefs. Alberto is Member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, of the Fédération des Entreprises Monégasques and General Secretary of the Chambre Monégasque de l'Horlogerie et de la Joaillerie.
Laurent Soler - General Secretary
Born on the shores of the Mediterranean in Algiers, Laurent Soler spent his childhood between Bordeaux and the Arcachon Basin, always in contact with the sea. After graduating, Laurent Soler joined the French army. He served with enthusiasm for thirty years. He was then taken on by Le Boat (Sun Sail Group), as director of three water sports centres involved in renting out pleasure craft, thus combining his professional activities and a passion for the sea. Laurent joined the service of Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco as aide-de-camp in 2012 and was then appointed in 2014 Chamberlain of the Sovereign Prince for five years. He currently holds the position of Organisation & Security Director within the Monaco Resources Group, based in the Principality. Father of two children and now grandfather of a little girl, Laurent is more than ever sensitive to the need to preserve the Ocean for future generations. A sportsman, he regularly sails, but is above all a keen scuba diver with the Monaco CESMM of which he is Vice-President.
Charlotte Bouery - Teasurer
The daughter of a Navy officer, Charlotte Bouery spent her youth on the French coast in the major naval ports of Cherbourg and Toulon. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Science and Management from the prestigious faculty of Paris-Dauphine, Charlotte then began a career in international finance as an equity trader with CDC IXIS. She became friends with Cécile d'Estais. After a break of a few years to devote herself to raising her three children, Charlotte Bouery moved to Monaco in 2005. She then began a career in real estate. Inspired by the enthusiasm of the team of the OceanoScientific Monaco association in favour of preserving the Ocean and raising awareness about its importance among children aged 8 to 12, it is only natural that Charlotte Bouery should now be involved in the governance and development of the association.
Irina Maria Peterson
Growing up in communist Romania, Irina Maria Peterson discovered the beauty of the marine life thanks to Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s documentaries. Offering her the freedom to escape the dark realities of that time, Irina became an Ocean lover ever since. She fulfilled her dreams to dive and sail in the most incredible places on Earth and to live by the sea. A Monaco resident since over twenty years, Irina is actively engaged in the preservation of the environment and in particular in Ocean protection. Auto-proclaimed “imperfect activist”, Irina spent five weeks at the start of 2020 researching and revealing the plastic pollution in Galapagos and Easter Island, and navigating between the two destination as part of the eXXpedition crew. Her Ocean Amazon platform has among missions to raise awareness on the plastic pollution problem in our Ocean, as well as bringing forward practical solutions to fight this huge issue. An MBA graduate in Finance, Irina has completed studies in sustainability and environment, such as the edX Program “Our Planet - Our Ocean”, as well as the Stanford University Continuous Learning Center Program in Sustainability. Irina Maria Peterson is Membre Societaire of Yacht Club de Monaco, member of Monaco Impact, member of Femmes Leaders Mondiales Monaco and an ambassador for Passion Sea and eXXpedition.
Cécile d'Estais - General Delegate
The mother of triplets particularly sensitive to the marine environment, Cécile d'Estais spent 17 years in the international finance industry as a financial analyst specializing in the luxury and cosmetics sectors in London and Paris, with major institutions such as Paribas Capital Markets, NatWest Securities and CDC IXIS (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations); then as Senior Banker at IXIS CIB in charge of implementing financial solutions. In 2006, at the announcement of the upcoming birth of her triplets, Cécile abandoned the strict business suits of a consultant banker to accompany her husband, Yvan Griboval, in the design and development of the OceanoScientific Programme. Throughout the OceanoScientific Expedition, Cécile firmly steers operations on land while ensuring both the connection between the partners and the crew of the OceanoScientific Explorer and assuming all the tasks of general communication and media, but also the relations with schools and partners. Cécile has been the General Delegate – and Swiss army knife! – of the association.
Linn Sekund- Scientific Coordinator
Marine scientist, Linn Sekund, is specialized since 2015 in the study of coral reefs. After graduating with an international master in Conservation of Marine Biodiversity (University of the Algarve and University of Galway - EMBC) she explores the world to improve her knowledge about the rich and fascinating life on the reefs. During one year in the Maldives, as a marine biologist, Linn is alerted by the challenges the world’s ocean is facing, such as plastic pollution and coral bleaching. In 2017, she starts a job as marine data engineer at IFREMER in Brest for the Data Cluster ODATIS. An experience that allowed her to acquire a global vision about ocean observation data made in the ocean and at its interface. Linn has also been actively involved in the oceanographic campaign RREX 2017 in the North Atlantic. In 2019, she has the opportunity to connect with the University of Queensland, where major coral reef research is carried out. She joined the team of OceanoScientific as scientific coordinator. Among other things, Linn ensures the relationship with partner scientists, the calibration of the sensors and the sampling during OceanoScientific Expeditions.